PSYC309G: Special Topics in Psychology: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
Instructor: Susanne Jaeggi, Ph.D.
Location: BPS 1250
Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
Extended Course Description:
What are the biological foundations of the mind? Cognitive Neuroscience, a relatively new field of research, aims to answer this question. It is a multidisciplinary field of research involving disciplines such as Cognitive Psychology, Human Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Neurophysiology. This course will address some of the main questions that cognitive neuroscientists are trying to answer about how the brain gives rise to behavior, as well as the methods that researchers use to answer these questions. We will review what cognitive neuroscientists have learned so far by reading and critically evaluating functional brain imaging studies of healthy humans, but also studies of brain damaged populations. The goal is to understand how complex mental processes such as attention, memory, language, emotion, and high-level thought are enabled by the functioning of the brain.